Audio Tools

Animoto for the World Languages Classroom

Animoto is a web application that, with the click of a button, produces videos using images and music that a user selects. Language teachers and students can choose culturally-appropriate images and audio to produce short movies that can be used in language presentations. These can be looked at on the web or embedded in blogs to be shared with classmates. Some NOVASTARTALK products have included videos on Chinese food and Arabic scripts.

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Using Audio Tools (Audacity) in the World Language Classroom

Audacity is an open-source (aka 100% free) program for recording, editing and exporting sound files. It can be used to record a voice track that can be exported into other programs, or to mix music, narration and sound effects together into a single file.

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Using dotSUB to Share Your Videos with Your Own Subtitles

DotSub is a free program that allows you to upload, transcribe, translate and share your own videos in multiple languages.  You can easily bring in video content for use in dotSub by linking to any video in YouTube.  This is a great tool for new learners as they can easily switch between the English subtitles and the subtitles in the target language.

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Using Nearpod to create and deliver engaging presentations

Nearpod is an App for iOS devices. (Nearpod’s School Edition works for Andriod devices now.)  It allows you to create multimedia presentations to share content with your students and to manage the flow of the lecture in real time.
Your students use Nearpod on their iOS/Android devices to receive multimedia content and to participate in engaging assessment and collaboration activities. Your presentation can be engaging and interactive through polls, quizzes, videos, drawing interactivity, website-sharing, self-guided quizzes and more.

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Using Screenchomp to create narrated short tutorials

Screenchomp is a free app that allows you to create and share short tutorials on your iPad. You can demonstrate things on its whiteboard by drawing and talking through your instructions. Your instructions and talking will be recorded and uploaded to ScreenChomp.com where a shortened URL will be provided for you to share with your students.

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Using Synchronous Tools (Skype) in the World Languages Classroom

Skype is a FREE VoIP technology (Voice over Internet Protocol) which can be used to make audio and video phone calls via Internet.

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